Contact Us

UK May Be Safe for an NCAA Tourney Bid, But I Wouldn’t Lose to Vandy Just the Same [VIDEO]

It’s been interesting and humorous watching these SEC Tournament games. Bridgestone Arena in Nashville is playing host to the tournament this year and to look out across the landscape of that building, you’d think Kentucky was playing in every game.

But, no, that’s just what Big Blue Nation does at conference tournament time. The fans descend upon Atlanta or New Orleans or Tampa or, in this case, Nashville with trademark apoplectic fervor, fill up the arena even for games in which they are not involved (because the football schools’ fans don’t really care enough to make the trip en masse), and prepare for a weekend of CATS-CATS-CATS! At least, that’s the plan.

Well there’s another plan at play here:

The plan the Wildcats have to beat 10th-seeded Vanderbilt a third time to advance to the SEC semifinals. I know that this year’s crop of bubble teams is among the worst we’ve ever seen. And, for those you of the “casual fan” persuasion, a bubble team is a team that’s still hovering down around the tourney-inclusion cutline. That’s a team that still has work to do to assure itself a spot in the Big Dance.

Well, the cutline is exactly where Kentucky has been hovering ever since the season-ending injury to Nerlens Noel. Many a college-basketball-analyzing talking head has said that Kentucky’s wins over Missouri and Florida–and, to a lesser extent, the road win over Ole Miss–are enough to get the ‘Cats into the NCAA Tournament. It’s all so nebulous around the bottom, this year, that that might be true.

But I also believe that losing to Vanderbilt on Friday evening would constitute a “bad” loss and a chance UK doesn’t want to take.

Arkansas–for the purposes of the power ranking–would have been a better opponent, but they can’t seem to win once they walk out their front door.

So Kentucky gets Vanderbilt in a quarter-final match-up that, I believe, is a must-win for the ‘Cats if Big Dance dreams are to stay alive.

Here’s Kentucky coach John Calipari discussing the SEC Tournament and UK’s win over Florida with ESPN senior college basketball writer Andy Katz:


Subscribe to WBKR-FM on


NOTE: UK/Vandy quarter-final action begins at 6:30 on WBKR. Pre-game coverage starts at 5PM on WOMI.

Best of WBKR

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The BKR Bunch quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The BKR Bunch contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.